Thank you for contacting me about green jobs.
Like you, I am passionate about transitioning to cleaner and greener energy as we work to achieve net zero by 2050. Through the £12 billion Government investment in the Ten Point Plan, I am pleased that it will create and support up to 250,000 green jobs.
As part of this plan, £160 million is being invested in wind energy. This funding will be used to create jobs, reduce carbon emissions and boost exports. More broadly, it will upgrade ports and manufacturing infrastructure across communities in the UK. This new investment will see around 2,000 construction jobs created and these new plans will enable the sector to support up to 60,000 jobs directly and indirectly by 2030 in ports, factories and the supply chains, manufacturing the next-generation of offshore wind turbines and delivering clean energy to the UK.
In addition, the Green Jobs Taskforce has been established and forms part of the Government’s ambitious plan to build back greener and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The Taskforce will develop an action plan to support 2 million good quality, green jobs and the skills needed by 2030. Its aim will be to focus on the immediate and longer-term challenges of delivering skilled workers for the UK’s transition to net zero including supporting workers in high carbon transitioning sectors, like oil and gas, to retrain in new green technologies. The North Sea Transition Deal will also be a key component in ensuring the oil and gas sector work with the Government over the long-term to deliver the skills, innovation and new infrastructure required to decarbonise North Sea production, as well as other carbon intensive industries.